Any Total Truth: Stories video after this one will be of someone from the North End Campus sharing their story, or someone who they are discipling sharing theirs. I’m very excited to see how God uses your stories to bring people into His story.
We know the Christian God is a God of Love not because He left a letter telling us how much He loves us, or because he is consumed with so much “love emotions” but, because he acts; Romans 5:8 says, ” but God demonstrates his loves for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” God shows his love for us through His actions because true love is more than words or feelings, it entails action. This weeks video elaborates on this idea of God’s love and how it drives us to truly love the world through action.
What is Love? That is the question that we will begin answering in this two part series. In short to say “I love you” is not enough to show whether or not you actually do love.
Love entails action. Without action love is at best a feeling and at worst just air moving over our larynx vibrating at high different frequency’s being shaped by the throat, nose and mouth.
If this video makes you feel hopeless, frustrated or like you don’t really love God all that much then make sure you tune in next week to find out how the love of Jesus brings hope to that hopelessness.
*Disclaimer: the example of exercise is very much a personal area where I was not loving God and in no way am I saying that everyone needs to exercise like I do or eat what I eat in order to love God.
As part of our Total Truth: Stories sermon series at Church of the Rock North End Campus, we are launching our new Stories Series which will tell the stories of members of our church. Our prayer is that these stories would encourage Christians and show people the power of God to change the story people are living. We all have a story, this story makes most sense in light of God’s story. Submitting our stories to the story the Author is writing, not only changes the ending but it changes the present.
Our stories have power through the Holy Spirit to change the stories of others as their stories become a part of God’s story. Don’t keep your story to yourself, it might just change someone else’s, and no matter what your story is it is not finished until it ends, there is always a chance for your story to change if you give it over to the Author and allow him to write the rest of it.
Here is part of Gerry’s story, I pray it it impacts yours.
Thanks to Harrison for filming and editing.
This week we are talking about the importance of calling people to follow Jesus in the discipleship story. This may seem obvious but I feel it needs to be said, if no one is doing the calling, then no one is being called. How can people become disciples of Jesus if the church isn’t out making disciples. The way to start making a disciple is to initiate an interaction that can lead to discipleship. If you don’t call, they won’t come.
Cover Photo Designed by Tiffany Thunder
Watch the video below to find out what story this picture tells (it’s the first 3 minutes).
Also, sorry that I’m wearing the same shirt as last week. This is what happens when I don’t let my wife dress me!
Important announcement about the sermon series we are starting at NEC in July as well as a conversation on the relationship between faith and works.
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
This video gives some details on Love Winnipeg and a very important event happening in Winnipeg this summer. The event being put on by RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) on Human Rights is very important for this time in Canadian History. Make sure to watch the video and click on the link below the video for more details on how to register for either the whole conference or just the one day event at the Human Rights Museum; which will include a dialogue between Christian Philosopher, Dr. Andy Bannister and Canadian Human Rights Association winner, Dr. Christopher DiCarlo.